Compared to what the U.S. Navy uses in a year, it’s just a drop in the barrel. But 450,000 gal. of biofuel designated to power a carrier strike group for an exercise next summer is the government’s bulkiest buy to date of what’s known as “drop-in” biofuel. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the landmark $12 million deal Dec. 5. The service is buying a blend of used cooking oil and algae-based biofuel made by Dynamic Fuels—a joint venture of Tyson ...

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